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Dozens arrested in Brussels riots during lockdown


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Violence follows the death of 19-year-old man who was hit by a police car after evading checks.

Jillian Deutsch


At least 43 people were arrested following riots in the Brussels neighborhood of Anderlecht Saturday night, Belgian media reported.

Violence erupted Saturday afternoon, with groups of young people throwing rocks and pieces of glass at police officers, according to reports. At one point, a man wearing a balaclava fired three shots in the air with a gun that appeared to have been stolen from police, according to RTBF. Police later confirmed a weapon had been stolen and that it is investigating the theft.

The riots followed the death of a 19-year-old on Friday night. The man, identified as Adil, was riding a scooter down Quai de l'Industrie after evading a police check, when he crashed into another police van sent for reinforcement. Following his death, some had issued calls for a rally in protest, despite the current ban on public gatherings amid the coronavirus outbreak.




H/T Rantburg

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